We took a short break last week from the bulletins. But we’re back and here are a few more useful bits of information for you.
The first is a section on the NatWest website. They have lots of resources and information about steering clear of scams and fraud. Visit it here https://www.natwestinternational.com/global/fraud-and-security/spotting-scams.html
The media are being very helpful in raising awareness of Scams too. So here’s a page on the ITV Morning programme website with lots of useful links on who to contact about scams and frauds https://www.itv.com/thismorning/articles/fraud-and-scams-helplines
And if you want some practical tips to help avoid scams then this list of 30+ things to help is courtesy of Money Saving Expert https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/stop-scams/
We are constantly being made aware of scams some of which mimic government messages, particularly HMRC. Please be assured that HMRC will not make threatening calls asking for money. Please do be vigilant. Not only are these very clever scams, they can be quite frightening for some.
If you are contacted by phone, email or text and fear it may be a scam you should:
Forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599.
Alternatively you can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
More next week.
Remember that if you would like to discuss scam issues further then you can join in our online discussions at the Network Discussion site to continue the conversations.
Karl Elliott, email@example.com
Development Manager, VANEL
and development support for NEL Watch